Using both iPhone and Samsung Phone

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by gabo864, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. gabo864 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey everyone,

    So Just recently I was told by my supervisor that I was going to get a free Samsung s7 Edge for work, of course they don't force us to use the phone, but I'm supposed to learn about them from daily usage so I can help customers.

    I have never used an android phone. I own only Apple products, but I'm not against the idea of trying out a Samsung phone and it looks like the Samsung 7 Edge is a pretty good upgrade from the Samsung s6 edge.

    My question is for those of you who own both iOS and Android devices, is there anything I should be aware of when owning two different OS devices? I plan on using the samsung s7 edge for a couple weeks and then switch back and forth between devices. Thanks.
     
  2. mclld macrumors 68020

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    Have patience since you have been only Apple, there well be some adjustment time needed
     
  3. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    If you are going to be using the same apps/services on both devices, migrate to Google services, will make your life much easier. Obviously Android plays great with google services but most also work very well on iOS.
     
  4. maxsix Suspended

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    I have used both Android and iPhones concurrently daily since 2007. It's lots of fun if you're an enthusiast. It keeps me current with each in ways that wouldn't be possible simply by reading about the phones.

    My tip would be to be mindful that they are each different. If Android is approached as such without expectations that it'll be similar to an iPhone, you’ll learn it much faster and easier.

    Take your time learning Android and it'll pay off quite nicely.
     
  5. Zwhaler macrumors 604

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    Don't forget how much you can customize it. After a month of usage you should be pretty used to it. Then look into custom launchers and things like that. I use S launcher, which is pretty much a more customizable Touch Wiz launcher.
     
  6. Osaka23, Mar 4, 2016
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    I was a huge Apple and invested heavily in to their ecosystem until I was told by Apple there was nothing they could do to recover my lost images from a corrupt back up.

    I got disappointed and frustrated because I had photos that were precious and sentimental to me.

    I ended up switching over to Samsung galaxy S4. It took me a while to adapt and adjust to the functions but once I got used to Touchwiz over Android, I couldn't use iOS. I miss the freedom, flexibility and the back button.

    If Apple releases a more open version of iOS, I would consider switching back. I have an iPad Air 2 to get my iOS fix.

    Bottom line is give it a go and time.
     
  7. ceva321 macrumors 6502

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    I love the "back" button on Android, so much better than the antiquated double tap on the iPhone.

    I have an iPhone and the Note5, the Note5 is my daily driver and I love it.

    If you don't have a Google account , create one and back your contacts there, amazing you can use it in IOS or any other system!!!
     
  8. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Double tap (in relation to back button)?
     
  9. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Yeah, completely different functions for those 2 actions. Regardless, the Back button is a large amount of the appeal for Android users, completely understand that.
     
  10. hallux macrumors 68030

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    If your intent is to use it as a "test drive" to possibly move to Android for your personal device, don't base your opinion 100% on a Samsung device. While they may be the single largest manufacturer of Android devices, there are many options if you get to pick your own device, and some of those are unencumbered by manufacturer bloat which also allows for quicker updates.

    Like others suggested, go into it with an open mind and try to make use of Google services to make swapping between devices easier.

    You also need to make sure your number is properly de-registered in iMessage if you plan on swapping your SIM to the S7, otherwise you'll miss text messages.
     
  11. mi7chy macrumors 601

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    Transition is like going from a golf cart to a car. Give it a couple of days and you might not want to go back.
     
  12. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    The S7 edge is a great phone to start off with Android. It's basically top of the line from all angles, and TouchWiz is an easier transition from the iPhone.
     
  13. billy the fish Suspended

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    Imagine a caged bird that suddenly found the door open. .
     
  14. alex2792 macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, there's not a huge difference between iOS and Android. The basic idea is the same, you have a grid of icons for apps, although Android has a separate app drawer, which imo is superior to Apple. I also like the back button in Android far more than the tiny back to <app> thing in iOS 9. Use Samsung browser, it's called Internet, it's much faster than chrome and you can use your fingerprint to sign into websites instead of typing passwords and it supports content blockers just like Safari so no more ads. Other than that they both run pretty much the same apps, both are blazing fast and easy to use. Coming from an iPhone 6 the Edge has a MUCH better screen and is more ergonomic,but that's just my opinion and I'm sure there are people who think otherwise
     
  15. gabo864 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you all! I'm kinda excited to try out this new phone, because I've never used anything other than apple products. I actually feel kinda weird knowing that I'll be having a Samsung phone, I never thought I would touch an android device, but I guess there's always a first time for everything.

    One last question for all of you who have Verizon wireless service. As you already know, I'll have both iPhone and Samsung s7 edge and I will probably be switching back and forth. Since both SIM cards are the same size, will it be as easy as just swapping SIM cards? Or would I have to call Verizon everytime I want to switch devices? thanks.
     
  16. ceva321 macrumors 6502

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    Just swap....I think
     
  17. hallux macrumors 68030

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    Just swap. I was able to do that when I went from my Moto X to my Nexus 6P.
     
  18. MRU Suspended

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    Just couple of things ...

    If your planning on switching back and forth remember to turn off imessage before you swap sims, and if you are a mac user, don't use Kies. On a mac its awful. Download iSyncr on the edge and on your msc and you will be able to sync itunes music to your phone both via usb and wirelessly.

    ;) enjoy.
     
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  20. gabo864 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you so much. Do you know if I can use Apple Music on the Samsung s7 edge. I think I read somewhere it was possible, but I'm not 100% sure.
     
  21. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    Yes you can. It's available in the Play Store.
     
  22. gabo864 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you all for helping me with all this.

    yesterday I got my new samsung s7 edge. So far its been kinda bittersweet. I feel like I'm cheating on Apple lol. I LOVE the design of this phone, I really wish the iPhone 6s plus was this slim, I can easily use it with one hand. I was very impressed with the camera, screen quality, and overall design of the phone. The fact that is water resistant makes it even better.

    Although I enjoy all those aspects of the phone, I think it will really take me a while to adjust to the new OS. The whole app drawer thing kinda threw me off a bit. I was confused why the phone was creating duplicates of my apps. Turns out it creates shortcuts on the main screen, and then you have the actual apps in the app drawer which was kinda confusing. Also, there are different apps that look kinda odd, like Facebook and instagram they feel like they don't belong on the phone which is different on the iPhone because every app feels like it was made to work with the iPhone 100%. Battery life so far has been not as impressive as I thought it was going to be, but oh well, its been only 1 days so we'll see how it does.

    BTW Im not saying the phone sucks, I think its an amazing phone, these are just my thoughts coming from someone who's never owned an android device before. I KNOW Its only been a day, we'll see what I think of it after a week :)
     
  23. MRU Suspended

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    Yes just download the Apple Music app and you're good to go :)
     
  24. HiDEF macrumors 68000

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    I understand how the transition can be a bit overwhelming at first. But if you truly want a pleasant Touch-Wiz experience, you'll need to disable some of the bloat that comes with it. I know it shouldn't be that way but its the hand we've been dealt with Samsung and TW; but, it's not as bad as it seems. Once you do disable some bloat, your battery and overall experience will improve. If you need some tips, feel free to ask.

    Enjoy!
     
  25. gabo864 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What kinda of things should I disable or delete off the phone?
     

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